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    Hybrid Bike and Bar Tape

    So, I have a trek 7.2fx.

    My origin8 bolt on drop bars and fizik bar tape has shipped and is sitting here.

    My trek 7.2fx grips are terrible IMO. They're constantly turning in all directions, not much of an ergonomic feel, etc.

    So I had originally planned to just scoot the grips in, bolt on the outside, and tape the bars.
    Then I though, I'll tape over the poor grips too!

    Now I think.... Remove the grips completely, bolt on, and tape the drops and also the bar where said grips were.

    I bought the bolt on drops to give more hand positions. After 30-40 miles my hands were numb and hurt. Just uncomfortable after 2 hours.
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    I'm new to cycling, so if this is a bad idea TELL ME. can you see anything wrong with this? Thanks in advance.

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    I like ergo-type grips because of the flat surface my hand rests on. I tried regular round grips and they hurt after a short period of time. I would try some ergo grips but buy something that has one end locking. That will keep it from moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
    I like ergo-type grips because of the flat surface my hand rests on. I tried regular round grips and they hurt after a short period of time. I would try some ergo grips but buy something that has one end locking. That will keep it from moving.
    The origins and bar tape are in house, not looking to buy something else at this point. Just looking for opinions for how to go about using them.


    A.) Remove grips completely, fully wrap both origin8's and the location of where the grips used to be.

    B.) Keep grips (hesitant to...), and tape over them in addition to origin8's.

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    My advice would be to bite the bullet, and buy Ergon GP-1s, and then wrap the drops with an old inner tube before wrapping the tape on them. MHO

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    I pushed my grips medially, but I don't mind my grips. If you hate yours absolutely take them off and replace them with bar tape.

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    Thanks for the opinions guys! This is how she rolls now.

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    You guys with the bar end drops, do you concider the width of your shoulder when fitting? Just wondering about comfort, control and ergonomics etc.

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    yes, I considered it.

    I'm a bigger guy, with wide shoulders... so to be honest these fit pretty nicely. This install/tape job was just "for the time being" so I could figure some things out. I think the width isn't an issue at all for me. For a smaller guy, maybe?

    Obviously they're a tad smaller. But it really is comfortable for my setup.

    And these drops are amazing! Just commuted into work not too long ago for the first ride and really like them. Different, but by the end I was almost used to them lol.

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